It's not really a secret that that Google's lightweight-everything-stored-in-the-cloud Chrome OS was a major dud. Google had the right idea. It's the users who weren't ready to embrace the cloud. Google's giving Chrome OS another shot with a new updated interface and some fresh new hardware from its buddy Samsung.
There really wasn't much that Google needed to improve with Chrome OS. It was already a cloud-oriented OS that was super fast, booted up in seconds and backed itself up to the cloud.
Google somehow managed to make the OS even faster and friendlier thanks to the new beefed up Samsung machines, Google Drive, online and offline apps and a file manager (because we're still too conditioned to let go of the desktop metaphor).
The new 3.3-pound Samsung Series 5 Chromebook packs a 12.1-inch (1280x800) display, with a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron processor, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 1-megapixel webcam, two USB ports, a memory card slot, a single DP++ display out port, Wi-Fi and ethernet port. Battery life is rated at about six hours. For $450, it's not a lot of storage, but that's what Google Drive is for (that's an extra 5GB of free storage). There's also a 3G model for an extra $100.
On the desktop (um, set-top box) front is the Series 3 Chromebox. Weighing only 2.45-pounds, the Chromebox has just about the same specs as the Chromebook, except that it has four additional USB 2.0 ports (six in total), can be hooked up to two 30-inch monitors, has dual DP++ display out ports, a slightly higher-clocked 1.9GHz Celeron processor and no memory card slot. It'll sell for $330.
Both Samsung Chrome OS devices will hit stores on May 30.
Do you believe in the cloud yet? These are cheap machines, for sure, but how many of you can soundly say you've transitioned your entire computing life to the cloud? I know I can't.